15 Nov MY MEXICO HOLIDAY | RIAAN WEST DESTINATION WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
MY MEXICO HOLIDAY | RIAAN WEST DESTINATION WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
PART 1 of My Mexico Holiday i’ll be sharing with you in this blog post. Part 2 and part 3 to follow shortly
Mexico has been good to me in so many ways. The biggest reason for my trip to Mexico was to attend a Jose Villa Workshop. Jose Villa is the worlds greatest and most famous wedding photographer. To view his work Please have a look at his website and his blog.
My journey started on the 4th of November 2016 by leaving Cape Town to travel to Mexico City arriving on the 5th of November 2016. Nancy Villa (Jose sister) said in her email prior my departure, your shuttle driver will be Uncle JoseLuis (Who speaks a little English) he will be wearing a light grey polo with Beautiful Jose Villa Pin. When i arrived at Guadalajara airport, Uncle JoseLui, were waiting for me for one and a half hour, He was very sweet and offered to buy me a soda and a Ice Cream.
Uncle JoseLui, said we needed to go, due to the fact that He has to make 3 trips for the day,reason be, He is collecting all the workshop attendees. Every trip was one hour and fifteen minutes.
The last part of the photo gallery is the traveling part and consists of Uncle JoseLui driving. I guess it was a Mexican thing to drive fast, i wanted to capture the Guadalajara street life and buildings. It was kinda funny, the more I said to Uncle JoseLui to drive slowly, the more he was speeding, making it harder for me to take images, it was fun and exhilarating.
On our way to Hacienda El Carmen (the Hotel we stayed at) a couple of interesting things happened along the way. One, was seeing the military, it truly felt like in the movies when you think of the drug cartel. It’s real!! and i felt very safe. strangely enough. A few minutes later we saw the police searching a local businessmen man’s car, i could again only assume the drug cartel.
The Mexicans are very poor and it kinda reminded me about home. In South Africa we also have rural areas and its very similar in lifestyle. An interesting observation about the mexicans is how they fellowship, eat and mingle at mini market places situated next to the roadway. Its a small little canopy with a little braai / kitchen, a couple of chairs and a table. If your’e a traveler on the road and you are hungry you can stop at one of these little markets situated next to the freeway or roadside and grab something to eat.
It was fun to see the scenery changing the closer we got to the Hotel, Hacienda El Carmen. The landscape was much more greener and mountains tended to appear more frequently.
On the last day of the Jose Villa workshop, we had an assignment to go into the local community nearby and capture some great street portrait photographs. It was life changing to say the least. Apparently for ten years, every attendee for the Jose Villa Workshop got this assignment. the Assignment was to photograph the local Mexican community and it has since become a tradition and they are very excited this time of year.
We went out approximately 16:00pm and when we entered the town (Community), there was a few people ready to be photographed. As time went by and we started taking more and more portraits of the community, more and more Local Mexicans came out of their homes for us to photograph them. It was amazing to experience these local Mexicans and how their faces lid up for a photograph. It was even more interesting to experience these Mexicans inviting you into their homes and to see how they dwell and live.
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